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Not long ago our Seminary began its fifty-fifth year. 

There are not many occasions in the school term when the Seminary has direct contact with the constituency of our churches. But in recent years one of those occasions has been the public convocation, held at one of the area churches. This year that convocation was held at our Southwest Protestant Reformed Church, just down the hill from the Seminary. It was your editor’s turn to deliver the Convocation Address, and you will find a transcript of that address in this issue. 

At this gathering we usually ask the student body to take a bow, too. And while I can hardly ask them to take a bow in the Standard Bearer, I can tell you who they are. In the Seminary Department, we have three students this year: Deane Wassink (Holland), Jon Smith (Hope), and Thomas Miersma (Faith). In the Pre-seminary Department there are seven students. The Class of 1980 consists of Everett Buiter, Barry Gritters, Kenneth Hanko, and Harold Veldman. The Class of 1982 consists of Brian Dykstra, Steven Key, and Charles Terpstra. 

By the time of this writing both faculty and students are busily engaged in the new term’s work. 

We commend faculty and students and their work to your prayers, both as congregations and as families. 

Continue to pray, too, that the Lord will raise up among us more young men to prepare for the work of the ministry.